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The Gorilla in our Midst: Inattentional Blindness to Sanctioned Brutality

Oct 1, 2012, 12:30pm-2pm

Ngaire Naffine, a professor at Adelaide School of Law in Australia, gives this Pierre Genest Memorial Lecture.  

In May of this year, the Australian High Court revisited the immunity of husbands from prosecution for the rape of their wives and questioned its very existence in Australia. However, there was no Nuremberg moment in which this criminal legal wrong to married women was acknowledged and strongly condemned. Naffine uses the Harvard experiment of the (unobserved) gorilla in the basketball game to explain this ‘inattentional blindness’ to sanctioned sexual violence at the heart of criminal law.

Naffine is an innovative contributor to debates in jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, criminology, criminal law and medical law. She is the author of Law’s Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion, Darwin and the Legal Person(Hart 2009).

All are invited to attend. Lunch will be served. 
RSVP Required: osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp

Event Code: GENEST1

 


Location:1003 Osgoode Hall Law School
Sponsor:Osgoode Hall Law School
Posted by:Jody-Ann Rowe-Butler
Web Sitehttp://de.yorku.ca/research/rsvp
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